Colmenares, Neri Javier (MAKABAYAN)

Colmenares, Neri Javier (MAKABAYAN)


Age: 58

Place of Residence: Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

Political Party: Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN), Labor Win slate

Incumbent Senator: No

Terms as Senator: N/A






Death penalty: against

Divorce: for

Bangsamoro Organic Law: against

Legalization of medical marijuana: for

Federalism: against

TRAIN Law: against

Lowering the minimum age of criminal liability: against

Anti - Political Dynasty Law - For

Anti Discrimination Bill - For



Higher wages of workers

Removal of excise tax on fuel

Abolishing of value added tax on electricity, water and petroleum

Banning of all forms of contractualization

Increasing pensions and salaries



Primary: La Consolacion College

Secondary: St. Joseph College

Tertiary: AB Economics, San Beda College (1992)

Graduate Studies: Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of the Philippines (1996)

Doctor of Laws, University of Melbourne (2002; not completed)

Honorary Degrees: N/A

Others: Associate, Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne (2003)

Senior Associate, Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, University of Melbourne



Chairman, Makabayan

Chairman, Bayan Muna

Chairperson, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)

Bureau Member, International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)

Vice President, Confederation of Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific (COLAP)




Legal Officer, National Amnesty Commission, 1996-1999


Bayan Muna Partylist Representative, 2007-2010

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative, 2010-2013

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative, Senior Deputy Minority Leader, 2013-2016

Consultant, Office of Representative Satur Ocampo, 2004-2006



Local Government




Personally authored bills passed into law: 4

Total bills passed into law: 11

Important legislation:

House Bill No. 172: An Act Prohibiting the Establishment of Political Dynasties

House Bill No. 347: An Act to Ensure Public Access to Official Records, Documents and Any Other Information of Public Concern

House Bill No. 700: An Act Providing for the Election of Sectoral Representatives to the Legislative Bodies of Local Government Units

House Bill No. 1535: An Act Abolishing the “Pork Barrel” System

House Bill No. 1842: An Act Defining Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Providing Penalties Therefor

House Bill No. 2620: An Act Prohibiting the Privatization of Public Hospitals, Public Health Facilities and Public Health Services

House Bill No. 3851: An Act Increasing Pensions and Other Benefits under the Social Security System

RA 10639: An Act Mandating the Telecommunications Service Providers to Send Free Mobile Alerts in the Event of Natural and Man-made Disasters and Calamities

RA 10366: A Law Creating Special Election Precincts for Persons with Disabilities and Senior Citizens



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“House Bills and Resolutions.” House of Representatives, n.d.,

“Know more about our Fighter ng Bayan Neri Colmenares.” Facebook, uploaded by Neri Colmenares, 21 Apr. 2016,

Lalu, Gabriel Pabico. “Bayan Muna’s Neri Colmenares aims for Senate seat in 2019.”, 25 Sept. 2018, Accessed 12 Feb. 2019.

Manglinong, Dan. “Why Neri Colmenares is running for Senate for second time.” Interaksyon, 11 Oct. 2018, Accessed 12 Feb. 2019.

“Mr. Neri Colmenares.” The University of Melbourne, n.d.,

National Union of People’s Lawyers. Asia-Pacific Lawyers Group Formed. Facebook, 19 June 2016, Accessed 12 Feb. 2019.

Neri Colmenares. Colmenares on the 25-peso wage increase. Facebook, 7 Nov. 2018, Accessed 12 Feb. 2019.

Neri Colmenares Para sa Senado. Sino po ba si Neri Colmenares?. Facebook, 5 Feb 2019, Accessed 18 Feb. 2019.

“Officers and Bureau Members.” International Association of Democratic Lawyers, n.d.,

“Rep. Neri Colmenares.” The University of Melbourne, n.d., Romero, Paolo. “Meet the House panel.” PhilStar, 15 Jan. 2013, Accessed 12 Feb. 2019.

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